Cross-Cutting Child Welfare Issues

Infographic: Overprescription of Psychotropic Medication

Nearly one in three Medicaid-enrolled children in foster care use behavioral health services, according to a recently published infographic from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). The graphic and related fact sheet also highlight the over-prescription of psychotropic medication to foster youth. Key findings: 1 in 15 Medicaid-enrolled children receive behavioral health services but of...
Brief - Barriers to Support Service Use for Latino Immigrant Families Reported to Child Welfare: Implications for Policy and Practice

Brief – Barriers to Support Service Use for Latino Immigrant Families Reported to Child Welfare: Implications for Policy and Practice

This brief, authored by Megan Finno-Velasquez at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, examines the interaction of Latino immigrant families with the child welfare system. The underutilization of concrete services, or basic safety net supports such as income assistance, employment, housing and legal services, and Medicaid, by immigrants is widely documented across several service...

Brief: Child Welfare Policy Primer: A Guide for Advocates, Policymakers, and Others Interested in Child Welfare Policy Reform

Although the child welfare field has made significant strides over the past few decades, advocates, policy makers, and other leaders across the country continue to push for new reforms to lead to better outcomes for families and children in the child welfare system or at risk of entering the system. This primer provides a comprehensive...
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

This chart authored by John Sciamanna details the federal budget in key children’s and child welfare areas.  Federal Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Request

The President’s 2015 Budget: A New Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Foster Youth

By Shadi Houshyar, Vice President, Child Welfare Policy, First Focus Yesterday, the White House released President Obama’s FFY 2015 budget proposal. Though some historical tables will be released later this month, the proposal released yesterday highlights several new initiatives important to children, including one specifically aimed at improving behavioral health outcomes for foster children. Foster youth...